ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons wanted to make a statement. Boy, did they deliver one Sunday to the defending Super Bowl champions. Coming off an ugly loss and criticized for failing to impress even when they won, the Falcons turned in their most well-rounded performance of the season with the playoffs approaching. Matt Ryan threw three touchdowns passes and the defense handed New York its first regular-season shutout since 1996, routing the Giants 34-0. "We ...
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons are coming off their worst performance of the season.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Julio Jones isn't interested in discussing his accomplishments. Bravado isn't his style. "I've been like this my whole life," Jones said Friday. "This is the way I am." Jones' transformation into a professional receiver with the Atlanta Falcons started at Alabama, where Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban enforced a businesslike approach to practice and film study. But Jones said he was soft-spoken long before he signed a scholarship at Alabama. Growing up ...
FLOWERY BRANCH - It didn't take long for Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan to get his players' attention after last week's embarrassing loss at Carolina.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Michael Turner used to be Mr. Reliable for the Atlanta Falcons.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons finally played a stinker of a game.
ATLANTA - After roughly two years of discussions, a plan for the Atlanta Falcons to build a new downtown stadium took the first of many key steps toward becoming a reality.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy promised "payback" and "punishment" for the Atlanta Falcons last week, and he and his Carolina teammates delivered on Sunday.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - It's difficult to say one play changed the course of a season.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Atlanta Falcons strong safety William Moore and cornerback Asante Samuel missed practice Friday for the third straight day and are questionable for Sunday's game at Carolina.
ATLANTA - Al Davis would've loved these Atlanta Falcons. All they do is win, baby. Sure, it's rarely with a lot of flare. Who cares? There's no voters to impress or computers to win over in the NFL. "Style points don't get you a ring," linebacker Mike Peterson was saying the other day, holding court beside his locker before practice. "Our goal is way bigger than pleasing the media or winning with style points. We've ...
FLOWERY BRANCH - This could be Jacquizz Rodgers' week to be more than a complement to Michael Turner in the Atlanta Falcons' running game.
FLOWERY BRANCH - Robert McClain was one of those offseason signings that hardly anyone notices.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons aren't too impressed with winning their second NFC title in three years.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons were low key about clinching the fifth division title in franchise history.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons have signed four NFL draft picks, including defensive ends Malliciah Goodman and Stansly Maponga.
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